Gone are the days when UAVs were mostly used for reconnaissance and intelligence gathering, the new age drones used by defence establishments can attack and go for the kill like fighter jets. The main advantage that these new age military drones have over fighter aircrafts is greater flying endurance.
The Sea Guardian drones that India is procuring from the United States can stay at high altitudes for over 30 hours, silently hover over targets and close in to strike when the time is right. With both weight and cost much less than fighter jets, the Sea Guardians or Predator-B drones add a new dimension to a country’s capabilities.
A TOI report says India has finalised the plan to acquire 30 weaponised Sea Guardian (or Predator-B) drones in a proposed mega defence deal with the US with 10 drones each for the Navy, IAF and Army. Read More